What would you do if you googled yourself and uncovered something shocking?
In this gripping psychological thriller, a group of privileged suburban moms amuse themselves by googling everyone in town, digging up dirt to fuel thorny gossip. Caroline Thompson, devoted mother of two, sticks to the moral high ground and attempts to avoid these women. She's relieved to hear her name appears only three times, citing her philanthropy. Despite being grateful that she has nothing to hide, a delayed pang of insecurity prods Caroline to google her maiden name - which none of the others know.
The hits cascade like a tsunami. Caroline's terrified by what she reads. An obituary for her sister, JD? That's absurd. With every click the revelations grow more alarming. They can't be right. She'd know. Caroline is hurled into a state of paranoia, upending her blissful family life, desperate to prove these allegations false before someone discovers they're true.
The disturbing underpinnings of The Memory Box expose a story of deceit, misconceptions, and an obsession with control. With its twists, taut pacing, and psychological tenor, Natiello's pause-resisting suspense cautions: Be careful what you search for.
©2014 Eva Lesko Natiello (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
I wanted to like this book SO much... I mean, what a cool plot idea: a woman who sees something strange online after Googling herself, which leads to family secrets. The problem was, it was boring. It was clear early on what this "family secret" was, and after listening to very (very) detailed and endless descriptions of this woman's many breakdowns, I just got bored with it. Clearly she wasn't mentally all there, and being inside this woman's head was just... well, annoying. There wasn't much action besides the protagonist gasping, freezing, choking, spinning with dizziness and collapsing over every single thing every single step of the way. I would never act that way. I just didn't like her, and couldn't relate to her. Also, the barely-there husband didn't help the shallowness of the story. Such a bummer, but I gave up after investing nearly 3 hours. I just didn't care to hear the rest it.
I kept listening in the hopes that this book would get better. The only thing tolerable was the Narrater, Casseandra Campbell.
There just be a warning label on this novel- "finishing this Novel may be difficult."
This book was not just good, it was crazy good. I can't go into too much detail because I don't want to give anything away. If you are suffering from Gone Girl withdrawal, clear your schedule for a whole day and read this book.
It really is that good!
Books are a big part of my life. Happiness is a beautiful evening on the houseboat with a good book :)
Parts of this story dragged but if you hang in there, the ending makes it worth it. At times it was easy to figure out where this story was going but done in such a way that nothing wS spoiled. I enjoyed the very realistic portrayal of life in the suburbs with everyone caught up in their own little dramas.
I was intrigued by the summary and found myself dragged in by suspense. While there were no chases, gun toting bad guys, or bloody corpses around every corner; I found the building plot delightfully troubling. The ongoing internal monologues , 'repressed memories', and psychopathic deception, all came together and left me wondering how it would all end.
Found it kinda boring at first. No explanation of why she had memory loss (this is addressed later, but too late). I guessed most of the ending pretty easily. And the narrator just sounded like she was out of breath a lot. Sharp intakes of breath.
The book could've been great but for me, it failed. Explanations, conversations and thoughts were tediously drawn out. I stuck with the book because it received good reviews and so I kept expecting great things to happen. From my perspective it was predictable. I hoped I'd be wrong. But the ending was just the way I'd imagined.
This writer has a very clever turn of phrase and a good story premise. However, she hasn't figured out if she is writing an au courant episode of a flip tv sitcom or a mystery. This story seems to aspire to be a cross between Girl on a Train or Gone Girl and a smart-alecky Janet Evanovich story. There are plot holes large enough for a train to ramble through. And many of the many characters' actions are not reasonable. Many questions left unanswered - even the ones posed by the characters! What happened to her memory? Why did she go see Sullivan...again? What triggered the action in the first place?
This book started out well but became rather tedious for a while. However when the tapes from Caroline's past arrive the pace really picks up. The Memory Box goes from a chore to read to can't put down in the blink of an eye! I highly recommend!
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